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The African Oystercatcher is a large, noisy wader, with completely black plumage, red legs and a strong broad red bill. The sexes are similar in appearance, however, females are larger and have a slightly longer beak than males. Juveniles have soft grey plumage and do not express the characteristic red legs and beak until after they fledged. The call is a distinctive loud piping, very similar to Eurasian oystercatchers. As the Eurasian oystercatcher is a migratory species they only occur as a vagrant in southern Africa, and its black-and-white plumage makes confusion impossible.

The Oystercatcher Trail is a world acclaimed hiking experience, and offers both. It was rated by National Geographic Traveller as ” One of the Top 50 tours of a life time” for 2007 . The BBC classes it as one of “30 Unforgettable hikes to do before you die”, and GETAWAY Magazine rated it as one of the top 5 South African hikes. The aim is to ensure that hikers/runners enjoy every step and learn much about our fragile and beautiful environment.The Oystercatcher Trail is renowned for its eco and cultural educational value.

Mitochondrial DNA research has shown that all humans alive today descend from a small population that lived between 150,000 and 200,000 years ago. Archaeological research has shown that at least some of those people lived in Mossel Bay…

You will run through the Pinnacle Point area- the place that’s revealed the earliest evidence for modern human behaviour.

Only 150 athletes


Oyster Catcher 3 day Trail Run

The Oyster Catcher  3 Day Trail Run will be following the famous Oyster catcher hiking route from Gourikwa Nature Reserve (20km), to Gourits River Mouth and the next day from Gourits River mouth to Boggoms Bay (20km) and the last Day from Dana Bay to Mossel Bay (16km) via the St Blaize hiking route. A lighthouse to lighthouse run along the coast. The last day of the Trail Run will be run on the spectacular St Blaize Trail. The St Blaize is a popular hike that follows the 30 metre high contour along the cliffs eastwards towards the Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse.

Date: 23 – 25 September 2017
Race Village: Gourikwa Nature Reserve, Gouritsmond, Garden Route, Western Cape
Event Format: Solo’s

3 Day Trail Run: Day 1: 22km, Day 2: 20km and Day 3: 16km

Early Bird Entry Fees – valid until 1st March:
Pre-entries qualify for goodie bags and lunches.
3 Day Trail Run: R2850

Entry Fees after 1st March
3 Day Trail Run: R3000

International guests can join for a fully catered tour by going to our travel page

Oyster Catcher Trail Run, included in the entry fee:
– 3 days of absolutely magnificent trails along the coast line of the Southern Cape, between Reins Private Nature Reserve and Mosselbay
– Permission to use the private property
– Free coffee and rusks at race venue each morning
– 1 well stocked water table per day on route with all the goodies
– Water table at the finish
– Goodie bag (late entries do not qualify for goodie bag)
– Technical Garment (late entries do not qualify for garment)
– Bus transport for each day from the finish line to the start line
– Lunch included for each day of racing (late entries do not qualify for lunch)
– Medical and emergency services on standby
– Finishers medal
– Prizes for winners
– Lucky draws
– Generosity and great atmosphere of each special venue each day
– Professional photographer

Registration and Late Entries:
Pre-entries will close 15 September 2017. No late entries will be accepted.

Registration for the 3 day event will be Friday, 22 September 2017 from 17:00 – 19:30 with a compulsory race briefing afterwards at Gourikwa Nature Reserve, Gouritsmond.

Compulsory Equipment (for your own safety):
As a precaution, we would like you to carry the following compulsory equipment with you during your run. It is for your own personal safety. Please adhere to the following:

  • Cell phone (on roaming please)
  • zip lock bag to keep phone dry
  • Space blanket
  • Backpack
  • Long Thermal base layer (pants and top)
  • Whistle
  • Hat
  • Emergency food
  • Water bottles
  • Sunscreen (factor 50)
  • Outer shell jacket (waterproof)
  • First aid kit

Please ensure that you have the compulsory equipment with you at all times during race as conditions change quickly.
For all information contact Janine on admin@trisport.co.za


The Oystercatcher 3 day Trail run 2017 is full. Please email Janine if you like to be on the waiting list for this year, 2016, in case of any cancellations. For further information contact Janine on janine@trisport.co.za

Cancelation Policy

Athletes wanting to cancel will forfeit the following part of their entry fee:

50% of the entry fee will be refunded if written notice is received before 30 June 2017.
No refunds will be done from 1 July 2017.


Athletes cancelling may transfer their entry to another person, but that person will have to accept that changes to sizes etc. of clothing in the goody bag may not be able to be made if they are not available – when goody bags are applicable.
20% of Entry fee will be charged for any transfers for admin costs.
Entries may unfortunately not be transferred to 2018.

Contact Janine to finalise this: admin@trisport.co.za

Online Coaching / Training Programme


Wingman Multisport Athletics provides coaching services to athletes around the globe for an impressive array of events, from road running, open water swimming to road or mountain bike cycling. Based in South Africa, the team of coaches specialises in triathlon coaching, including the Ironman 70.3 and Ironman distances.

By capitalising on the intersection between individual ability, the science of athletic performance and the latest technology, Wingman Coaches work with each athlete to help them not only set, but also attain their personal sporting goals. Personal programmes are created for your unique level, fitness and available training time.

Slowest to fastest, biggest to smallest, beginner to pro –  there is a programme that is not only designed for you, but is responsive to your body as you train. Weekly feedback is provided using the leading online platform, Training Peaks, to design, deliver and adapt each athletes programme. The user-friendly nature of the application and its seamless integration with other training equipment and platforms ensures that going high tech with your training does not mean going high maintenance.

The value of this innovative, individually responsive approach is illustrated by the high levels of success attained by the Wingman athletes at events across the country – with multiple podium positions and countless personal bests smashed. Per illustration, a recent study on 70.3 Ironman (East London) athletes showed that Wingman male athletes performed significantly better than their non-Wingman counterparts in the event.

Visit Wingmansport or send an email to Stephan or Dave.

Car Trip


We have teamed up with CarTrip, a company that offers an internet-based platform that allows drivers and passengers to easily arrange lifts together.  We encourage you to visit their website www.cartrip.co.za and find out more about this exciting new service.  It provides a much-needed facility for our members to arrange lifts or offer lifts to various running events or even to and from our club.

Almost 70% of people that enter events drive to the venue on their own so it makes sense that our participants share their vehicles with other participants coming to the event.

The benefits of sharing rides to the event include:

  • You are able to meet fellow participants who share your passion for running.
  • If you are a driver you can recoup some or all of your petrol costs by offering a lift.
  • If you need a lift it will cost a fraction of the cost of travelling there with your own car.
  • Ladies can get lifts with lady drivers only if they prefer.
  • More parking and less congestion at the event as there will be fewer cars.
  • With fewer cars on the road, it helps our environment by reducing CO2 emissions.

So if you’re travelling alone to any of the running events or if you’re looking for a lift to an event then go to www.cartrip.co.za.  You will see a dropdown tab with all the events listed, just select your event and enter your ride details.  You can also email them with details of an event if it is not listed.  We do suggest that you read through their FAQ’s should you have any questions on how it works and we look forward to our members embracing this opportunity presented by CarTrip.

Meal Packages

Lunch is included in your entry fees, however, for breakfast and dinner, you need to book seperately.  You can either book when entering for the event, or you can book closer to the time (we will send an email to give you opportunity to book your meals, closer to the event).

Breakfast – R65.00
Fruit Salad
Breakfast cereals
Cheeses and Jams
Fruit Juice
Coffee and Tea

Lunch – Included in your entry fee
Hamburgers and Chips with Greek Salad

Dinner – R150.00
Thursday evening
Homemade Bread
2 Salads

Friday evening
Potjie with rice
Homemade Bread

Saturday Evening
Tradtional Boerekos with veggies and meat.




Bookings are open for the 3 Day Oyster Catcher Trail Run, to book your massage from the 23-25 September 2017.  Massages are half an hour time slots for R230 per person. We have times available from 12:00 until 17:00, and then 18:00 until 21:00. The massages will be at the Gourikwa Nature Reserve.  Please email Caroline at cmoths@webmail.co.za , to book your slot.


Saturday, 23 September 2017:

Gourits Town to Gourikwa Nature Reserve

Sunday, 24 September 2017:

Gourits River Mouth to Sandpiper Cottages and Sports Centre, Boggoms Bay
This days consists mostly of single track and you will finish with a beach run.

Monday, 25 September 2017:

Dana Bay 2nd Beach to Big Blu, Mossel Bay
Start the day on Dana Bay Beach before heading onto the St Blaize trail (all single track).


Spectator points on route:

Saturday, 23 September 2017:
– Gourits town
– Gourits River mouth

Sunday, 24 September 2017:
– Kanon Punt parking area
– Fransmanshoek (waterpoint)
– Vleesbaai Beach
– Boggomsbaai Beach
– Finish at Sandpiper Cottages in Boggomsbaai

Monday, 25 September 2017:
– Steps from the beach to road before the St Blaize Trail start
– From Mossel Bay Golf course – walk down towards hiking trail
– At the Finish at Big Blu Restaurant


Accommodation is not included in your rate, below are options that you can make use of:

Gourikwa’s private nature reserve is situated along one of the world most breathtaking coastlines – the Garden Route, known as South Africa’s safe haven. It is famed for its scenic beauty and abundant biodiversity. Located halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, the estate is easily accessible via George airport and the N2 (national road).

For more info or to make a booking, contact Marelize van Rensburg at info@gourikwa.co.za or 087 702 9126.

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Accommodation at Gourikwa

  • 9 Fisherman  houses that sleeps 4 people (price per unit per night R1200)
  • 1 Fisherman house that sleeps 6 people (price per unit per night R1600)
  • 3 Cottages that sleeps 4 people (price per unit per night R1800)
  • 15 single rooms – one or two people (price per unit per night R900)


Sandpiper Guest Lodge

Sandpiper Guest Lodge


Sandpiper Cottages in Boggoms Bay: info@sandpiper.co.za


The unique, character filled cottages is situated in complete isolation on the Cape Vacca Private Nature Reserve.  The Nature Reserve is conveniently located 42km on the Cape Town side of Mosselbay between Gouritz River Mouth and Fransmanshoek, and is only 40min drive from George airport.  Accommodates eight people, with three double rooms and 3 bathrooms, open plan living area and is totally self catering.

More Information




Friday, 22 September 2017:
17:00 – 20:00: Registration for 3 Day Trail Run at Gourikwa Nature Reserve, Gouritsmond
19:30: Race briefing for 3 Day Trail Run – compulsory
19:30 Dinner for the pre-booked athletes at Gourikwa Nature Reserve.

Saturday, 23 September 2017:
06:00: Breakfast for pre booked athletes at Gourikwa
08:00: Meet at Gourikwa Nature Reserve, Gourits River Mouth ,where you will leave your vehicle and be transported to the start. Your friends/family can also take you to the start. No cars to be left at the start line.
08:30: Start of the Race for 3 Day Runners. Run from Gourits River Mouth Jetty to Gourikwa Nature Reserve,  where you will be welcomed by the TriSport staff and your friends.
11:00 onwards: Lunch at Gourikwa Nature Reserve.
18:00: Race Briefing of Day 2 and a Slide Show of the Day
18.30: Dinner at Gourikwa Nature Reserve for the pre-booked athletes

Sunday, 24 September 2017:
06:00: Breakfast for pre booked athletes at Gourikwa
8:00: Meet at Sand Piper Cottages and Sports Centre in Boggoms Bay where you will leave your
vehicle and be transported to the start. Your friends/family can also take you to the start. No cars to be left at the start line.
08:30: Start of the race. Run from Gourits River Mouth to the Sand Piper Cottages and Sport Centre in Boggoms Bay where you will be welcomed by the TriSport staff and your friends.
11:30 onwards: Lunch at Sand Piper Sports Centre, lunch for the pre-entry athletes. Please order extra lunches for your friends
18:00 Slide Show and FUN
18:30: Dinner for the pre booked athletes only

Monday, 25 September 2017:
05:30: Breakfast for pre booked athletes at Gourikwa
07:00: Meet at the Point in front of the Big Blu Restaurant (the Finishing venue for Sunday) in Mossel Bay where you will leave your vehicle and be transported to the start. OR Your friends/family can also take you to the start.
08:00: Start of all races. Run from Dana Bay 2nd beach to Big Blu Restaurant in Mossel Bay where you will be welcomed by the TriSport staff and your friends.
11:00 onwards: Lunch at Big Blu Restaurant at the Point, Mossel Bay. Lunch included for pre-entry athletes only.
12:30: Prize giving at Big Blu Restaurant at the Point, Mossel Bay.

Please order extra lunches or if you would like to enjoy dinner/breakfast at the venue with Janine at admin@trisport.co.za


Having partners is always a must when doing an event so thank you to our sponsors:



Media involved in this race:

  • Do It Now
  • Runners World

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Our Media team includes:

Past Events

Photos by Chris Hitchcock
Day 1
Day 2
Video by Chris Hitchcock


2015 (Click on the link to see the photos/videos):

Oyster Catcher Trail Run

Photos by Mark Sampson


2014 (Click on the link to see the photos/videos) :

Photos by Em Gatland

2013 (Click on the link to see the photos/videos) :

Photos by Mark Sampson

2012 (Click on the link to see the photos/videos) :

Photos Jeff Ayliffe

Video Clip by Trail Busters


September 23 @ 8:00 am
September 25 @ 1:00 pm
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Gourikwa Nature Reserve
15 Buffelshoek
Gouritsmond, Western Cape South Africa



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